Practitioner Cong Rixu Jailed, His Lawyer Arrested and Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison (Photo)
(Clearwisdom.net) Recent events have revealed that Mr. Cong Rixu, a Falun Gong practitioner in Dalian City, was transferred from Dalian Detention Center to Nanguanling Prison in Dalian City on November 3, 2009. His family learned that Mr. Cong was not given enough food and became emaciated. Despite these hardships, he has kept himself in good spirits.
On June 16, 2009, the Kanjingzi Regional Court of Dalian City held a trial for Cong Rixu. With the aid of Mr. Cong's defense lawyers, Mr. Han Zhiguang from Beijing and Mr Wang Yonghang from Dalian City, the court did not announce a judgment. Communist Party officials arrested lawyer Mr. Wang Yonghang after the trial and Mr. Cong was later sentenced to three years in prison even though neither his family nor his lawyers were informed.
Lawyer Wang Yonghang
Cong Rixu graduated from the Journalism Department of Liaoning Province Engineering Technology University in July 2005. Prior to his arrest, he worked as the assistant for the University President in Dalian City Wendu Graduate Preparation Institute.
On January 13, 2009, he and his wife were followed by two plainclothes police officers while they were putting up posters to clarify the facts about Falun Gong. They were taken to Dalian City Ganjingzi Regional Crime Detection Division and held in the Dalian City Detention Center that night. Mr. Cong was "tried" by the Dalian City Ganjingzi Regional Procuratorate and sentenced to a three-year prison term.
On November 3 after being detained for 10 months, he was transferred to Division No.3 of Nanguanling Prison, Dalian City. He was tortured by the Dalian City Ganjingzi Regional Crime Detection Team to obtain a forced confession. Mr. Cong said, "On March 2, 2009, four policemen took me out of the cell for interrogation. They tried to photograph me and take my fingerprints, but I refused to cooperate. A team leader with (I think) the last name of Zou, kicked my back, struck me several times, slammed my head against the wall four to five times, and kicked me until I fell down. Then he kicked my body, head, chest, and back over and over. My nose and mouth bled profusely. My forehead and the back of my head were swollen, and my lower lip was split. After that, they held me up and took my fingerprints against my will." The four policemen were Zhao Jiajiang, Jin Zhong, Miao Jian, and the team leader with the last name of Zou.
Mr. Cong Rixu is currently being held in Nanguanling Prison and continues to protest the persecution by refusing to participate in forced labor.
His case was added to the website for rescuing Falun Gong practitioners persecuted in China.
According to an interview on June 16, 2009, with Tian Lu, the wife of Mr. Cong (who is now outside China), Lawyer Wang Yonghang defended Cong Rixun out of sympathy and understanding for his case and entered a not-guilty plea. This annoyed the local communist government, and he was taken secretly to the Dalian City Detention Center. On November 27, 2009, Lawyer Wang was illegally sentenced to a seven-year prison term.
Lawyer Wang Yonghang's case has been submitted to the United Nations for review.
More information on Mr. Wang Yonghang:
Dalian City Nanguanliang Prison general office: 86-411-86908777 (ask the receptionist to transfer the call to Division No. 13 of the prison)
Director of Division No. 13: 86-411-86908795
Address: Nanguanling Prison, No. 192 Yaoxi Street, Ganjingzi Region, Dalian City, 116037
Written on March 14, 2010